Week 15: A Different View

This week the theme was Reflection.  I have an image I loved from one of my 365s of a girl peering into the water.  I wanted to try to do something along those lines.  What you might not realize from the image is she’s looking into an ashtray/garbage can combination that had filled with rainwater.

I like the idea of beauty being reflected out of something “less beautiful”.  I also love reflections in puddles and how you can catch something really unique if you position yourself in just the right place.

Week 15 ~ Reflection

I love how this turned out.  I love the beauty of the sunny sky and trees reflected out of the muddy waters.  I also really liked that one, lone leaf sitting on the surface of the mud.


Week 14: Signs of Spring

Spring is one of my favorite times of year because of the new growth, crazy weather, and blooming flowers.  I was very excited that the theme for the week was Bloom.  Our family took a little train ride to Portland for a long weekend.  While we were there we saw many local sights.

On the first day we went to the zoo, and I had all sorts of fun taking pictures of the flowers. When I saw these blossoms, I knew I wanted a good image for this week.  I have no idea what this flower is, but I loved the long, wavy petals.

Week 14 ~ Bloom

I especially loved this one because I managed to nail the focus (as they say), and that’s something I really struggle with.  I’ll have to go back and process more of the flower images from our trip.


Week 13: Feeling Blue

Blue was the theme of the week, and I was so excited because blue is one of my favorite colors. But I had a really hard time coming up with something I liked that fit within the theme.  Sometimes being given a theme actually makes my mind a complete creative blank.

Eventually I came up with two different images.  The first was because it was sunny this week and the blue sky was gorgeous.  I also really wanted to try my hand at getting that sun flare.

blue skyFor my second image, I had this idea for Easter.  I wanted to do an Easter basket filled with eggs, but only one blue egg.  I really struggled with composition.  The idea in my head didn’t quite make it out of the camera with this one.


I hope everyone had a Happy Easter!



Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

There has been lots of cooking all over the world for Lori Anderson’s 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.  Today is the first of three reveals.

As a refresher, here is what my partner, Susan Sheehan, sent me.

Bead Soup from Susan Sheehan{also a link for the goodies}

And without further ado {because I know you have lots and lots of visiting to do}, here is what I created.


If you look closely, there are four pieces there.  I will start with the necklaces.

2013-03-30_BSBP7bI really wanted to create a long necklace.  I just have one in my waredrobe, and I find that I’d like to wear more.  The main necklace {on the left} is about 21-inches long.  I found some perfectly coordinated Czech Glass rectangles that I wire wrapped together.  I added the beautiful glass beads Susan created and the yellow rectangle stones.

I wanted the focal to shine in the center.  I didn’t like the feel of adding dangles to the bottom, so I created a spiral that wraps slightly up over the bottom of this lovely pendant.

If you haven’t taken a moment to examine this focal, then scroll back up to the top and see the closer view in my main image.  The detail work on this pendant is gorgeous!  And you can’t see it from my pictures, but the flowers are repeated on the back in the same design.

As I was wrapping this first necklace, I had the idea of creating a second one that would be complementary.  The second necklace {on the right} is about 18-inches long.  I made it so the two necklaces can link together via lobster clasps and create a single necklace that’s nearly 40-inches long.  I think I’m too short for such a long necklace, but they also layer beautifully and are fun as separates too.  I am all about versatility in my pieces.

Since I decided to link the necklaces together, I did not use the lovely clasp Susan sent me.  I wanted a piece that would feature the clasp, so I created this simple bracelet.

2013-03-30_BSBP7cI had a few remaining rectangle yellow stones that were just begging to be used, so I created a second bracelet.  I loved the yellow and pink of the Blood Quartz together.

2013-03-30_BSBP7dI think four pieces is the most I’ve ever created for a Bead Soup Blog Party.  I had so much fun with the ingredients Susan so generously sent me.  I could go on and on, but I’ll let you travel on to the other participants.

First, don’t miss what Susan made with the ingredients I sent her at Strands of Thought.

Then, please take a few moments to visit some of the other participants.  I know these talented designers will knock your socks off with their creativity!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Alicia Marinache ~ All Pretty Things
Amber Dawn Goldish ~ Inventive Soul
Barb Solem ~ Vivi Magoo Presents
Bev Breisinger ~ Country Frog Creations
Birgitta Lejonklou ~ Create with Spirit
Breana Fry ~ Vault 31
Brenda Sue Lansdowne ~ B’sue Boutiques
Bridget Torres ~ Shears58
Carol Dee Myers ~ Carol Deezigns
Carolyn Chenault ~ Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick ~ Beads: Rolling Downhill
Cece Cormier ~ The Beading Yogini
Cheryl McCloud ~ One Thing Leads To Another
Cindy Wilson ~ It’s My Sea of Dreams
Crystal Thain ~ Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Riggs ~ Cynth’s Blog
Dana Hickey ~ Wind Dancer Studios
Dana James ~ Dana’s Jewelry Design
Darlene Fortier ~ darliciousrejuvenations
Deana Hager ~ Just Deesarts

Deanna Cox ~ Beaded Dreams
Deb Brooks ~ From the Heart Creations
Debra Behrends ~ Hopeful Journeys
Denielle Hagerman ~ Some Beads and Other Things
Denise McCabe ~ Cabe Woman
Diana Frey ~ Tattered Adornments
Diana Welte ~ Lily Weeds
Dini Bruinsma ~ Angaza by Changes
DiYana Alcalde ~ Agape Creations Jewelry
Dolores Raml ~ CraftyD’s Creations

Donna Millard ~ Fyre Beadz
Dot Lewallwn ~ Speedie Beadie
Duane Clark ~ dc’z bizzy bead adventures
Dyanne Cantrell ~ http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com/
Eleanor Burian-Mohr ~ http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com/
Elisabeth Auld ~ www.beadsforbusygals.com
Elizabeth Owens Dwy ~ www.1996shabbylane.blogspot.com
Emily Greer ~ http://www.gaiacopia.com/blog-2/
Enikö Fabian ~ http://perleni.blogspot.co.at/
Erin Grant ~ http://ErinsJewelryCreations.blogspot.com

Eva Kovacs ~ http://ewagyongyosvilaga.blogspot.hu/
Eva Sherman ~ http://evashermandesigns.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett ~ www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Grace Rotenberg ~ http://rivkasmomcom.blogspot.com/
Gretchen Nation ~ www.artfoodlodging.blogspot.com
Hannah Rosner ~ http://goodrivergallery.wordpress.com
Heather Davis ~ http://www.blissfulgardenbeads.com/
Heather Marston ~ http://www.cswdesignsbyhehe.blogspot.com/
Heather Powers ~ http://www.humblebeads.blogspot.com
Ingrid McCue ~ www.wrappedinsilver.com

Jacqueline Marchant ~ Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jan Petek ~ Pepper Tree Designs
Janeen Sorensen ~ Wild Vanilla Designs
Jane-Michael Stallings ~ Craft Vacuum
Jasvanti Patel ~ Jewelry by Jasvanti
Jayashree Paramesh ~ Nchantme
Jayne Capps ~ Mama’s Got To Doodle
Jean Yates ~ Snap out of it Jean
Jennifer Cameron ~ Glass Addictions
Jennifer LaVite ~ Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry

Joan Williams ~ Lilruby Jewelry
Jodie Marshall ~ Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads
Judy Riggs ~ Rigglettes
Julie Anne Leggett ~ The Peaceful Bead
Kat Barron Miller ~ Midnight Kat Productions
Kathy Lindemer ~ Bay Moon Designs
Kim Hora ~ Kimmy Kats
Kim Houston ~ The Pink Martini
Kim Sparks ~ Beadabunch
Krafty Max ~ Krafty Max Originals

Kris Lanae Binsfeld ~ Cherish Designs
Krista French ~ Express Your Faith Jewelry
Kristen Stevens ~ My Bead Journey
Kristi Harrison ~ It’s a New Day
Kumi Fisher ~ Malie Kai Designs
Laren Dee Barton ~ Laren Dee Designs
Laura Bracken ~ Laura Bracken Designs
Laura Demoya ~ www.Thebeadtherapist.blogspot.com
Laurie Hanna ~ Laurie’s Jewelbox
Laurie Keefe-Cecere ~ Tree of Life ~ rooted in my soul

Lea Avroch ~ lajewelrydesigns
Leanne Loftus ~ First Impression Design
Lee Anne Messerschmidt ~ Adventures in Jewelry
Leslie Schenkel ~ Twisted Chicken
Linda Anderson ~ http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/
Linda Djokic ~ www.lutkaandco.com
Linda Murphy ~ www.bonitabead.blogspot.com
Linda Sadler ~ http://idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com/
Lisa Liddy ~ http://lisaliddy.wordpress.com/
Lisa Suver ~ http://fanceethat.blogspot.com/

Liz DeLuca ~ http://www.creativeartyfacts.blogspot.com/
Liz Engriser ~ http://www.beadcontagion.blogspot.com/
Lola Surwillo ~ http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Loretta Carstensen ~ www.designsbyloretta.blogspot.com
Lori Bergmann ~ www.LoriBergmann.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud ~ http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Lori Poppe ~ http://lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider ~ www.Beadaddicted.blogspot.com
Lyn Foley ~ www.lynfoleyblog.com
Maddison Langford ~ http://maddy-moo.blogspot.com

Magdalena Sikora ~ http://porannagazeta.blogspot.com/
Mallory Hoffman ~ http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/
Marcella Austenfeld ~ Good to Go Jewelry
Marcy Lamberson ~ http://www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com
Maria Clark ~ http://sweetwillowdesigns.blogspot.com/
Maria Rosa Sharrow ~ www.willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Marianna Boylan ~ www.stargirlshop.blogspot.com
Marie Covert ~ http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/
Marti Conrad ~ www.marticsclay.blogspot.com
Mary Ellen Merrigan ~ http://www.MaryEllenBeads.com

Mary Harding ~ www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Molly Alexander ~ http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com
Nan Emmett ~ http://spiritrattles.blogspot.com/
Niky Sayers ~ http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Pam Chesbro ~ http://afortunatesoul.blogspot.com/
Pam Farren ~ http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
Pam Sandy ~ http://pamseclecticstuff.blogspot.com/
Pam Traub ~ http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Pamela Gangler ~ http://shealwayslovedpink.blogspot.com/
Patricia Buchanan ~ http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/braceletstoo

Patricia Johnson ~ http://patricialjohnsonglassart.blogspot.com
Patty Miller ~ http://cabaribeads.blogspot.com/
Paula Hisel ~ http://simplybeadiful.weebly.com/simply-stated.html
Peggy Gabrielson ~ http://georgiamountainarts.blogspot.com
Perri Jackson ~ http://shaktipajdesigns.com/blog/
Rachel Baron ~ http://www.rbarondesigns.blogspot.com
Rachel Stanley ~ http://2catchahummingbird.blogspot.com
Rain Hannah ~ http://honeyandollie.com
Rana Wilson ~ http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano ~ www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Robin Reed ~ www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Rochelle Brisson ~ http://www.acreativechelle.blogspot.com
Rose Rushbrooke ~ www.roserushbrooke.com/blog/
Ruth Szapa ~ www.trudicrufus.blogspot.com
Sally Russick ~ http://thestudiosublime.com
Sandi Volpe ~ www.sandivolpe.com
Sandra Pendragon ~ http://sandrapendragon.blogspot.com/
Sandy Richardson ~ www.SandyColoringBox.blogspot.com
Sarah Small ~ http://bysalla.blogspot.com
Shannon Hicks ~ http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/

Shari Replogle ~ Plays With Paper
Sheila Daniels ~ http://www.cheekymagpie.com
Sheila Davis ~ http://www.stonedesignsbysheila.blogspot.com/
Shiraz Biggie ~ www.secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com
Shirley Moore ~ www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Skylar Bre’z ~ http://brisingbeads.blogspot.com/
Staci Smith ~ www.stacilouiseoriginals.com
Stacie Florer ~ http://www.soultosubstance.com
Stacy Pomerleau ~ www.craftenvilleblog.com
Stephanie Weiss ~ www.uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com

Sumi Rani ~ www.HundredColors.blogspot.com
Susan Sheehan ~ Strands of Thought
Suzette Bentley ~ http://elliesbijoux.blogspot.com
Tamera Norris ~ www.beadsinspireme.com
Tracy Choy ~ www.bumblebeadsdesigns.Blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman ~ www.tracystillmandesigns.com
Valerie Norton ~ www.hot-fused-glass.com
Vicki Holliday ~ http://flopcatdesign.blogspot.com/

Week 12: Diamond in the Weeds

This week’s theme was Signs of Spring.  My original thought was to get some Cherry Blossom buds, but Bloom is the theme in a couple weeks, so I decided to go a different direction.

One morning last week I noticed the frost on the ground and thought it might be a good time to get a picture of something growing out in the yard.  I started with the frost on the leaves, and then I noticed the frozen dew drops around the Dandelions.

2013week12smIt kind of cracks me up that Dandelions are so despised in the yard, but at the same time can make some of the most lovely images.  I had a lot of fun with my macro lens for this one and spent a great deal of time deciding on how I wanted to crop.

I hope you enjoy my weed as much as I did this week.


Week 11: Night Portrait

The theme for this week was Night Portrait.  For the most part, this image turned out like I planned.  I wanted to have my subject under a street light right after the sun had gone down.  I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to pose.

As soon as the street lights came on, I took my little five-year-old out, and I quickly realized that in order to get the light I needed, his face would have to be turned up more than he was comfortable with.

I asked him to look up, and of course, it was starting to rain.  He basically thought mom was a little nuts, but you can tell by the expression on his face that he was having fun.

2013week11smThis one also took quite a bit of processing to get to where I was happy with it.  But for a first time with this type of portrait, I was pretty happy with the results.


Week 10: A Boy in Motion

The theme for this week was Motion.  I spent probably close to an hour in my kitchen trying to get the motion of drip of water from the faucet.  Yeah, that wasn’t working out the way I envisioned.  I am at a place with my photography where I am frustrated with being unable to get the idea in my head out of my camera.  It’s a hurdle, but I’ll get over it.

I actually wasn’t going to share this, but I processed it to the best of my ability, so why not. And to be perfectly honest, my journey in life is all about growth, so why not document what I’m doing so I can look back and see how I’ve improved.


It’s technically motion, but not what I wanted.

So after that frustration, I wasn’t sure what to do.  Then I was at the park with my kids on Saturday morning and it practically hit me.

I was watching my five-year-old climb down a ladder and I suddenly thought, at some point here he’s going to drop.  I already had my shutter slowed down a little so I sat and got myself ready.  And he did it…

2013week10bsmI would have liked my focus to be a bit more true, but I caught it, and for today, I’m pretty happy about it.